Hackney residents are being invited to a night of free celebrations and activities at the New Kingshold Community Centre in Ainsworth Road this Friday as part of a project that aims to increase knowledge of volunteering opportunities and build stronger communities.
The event, which Volunteer Centre Hackney is running with support from Southern Housing Group, Hackney Homes and Hackney Council is part of the Our Place initiative, which aims to give people more power over local services and budgets in their neighbourhood, aligning these with all the other resources that the community can bring.
As part of the event, residents will be able to access free food, drinks, and information and watch a performance from local group, Nemesis Street Dance, and a demonstration of Brazilian martial art Capoeira. Health and fitness advice and Indian head massages will also be on offer, and there will be information about the new Health Hub services that have recently started in Hackney.
Ann-Marie Nelson has helped arrange the event as part of Southern Housing Group’s contribution, said that the night was building up to be full of fun for everyone attending.
“We’ve been working with the local community to make sure we’re meeting all sorts of different people’s needs, from developing a film club and giving out information on fitness classes, to helping make sure people know what volunteering opportunities are available.
“We’re also going to be asking members of the local community about what other events and activities they would like in their area on the night, so there’s a chance for everyone to have their say and build the services they want and need in their area.”
Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Hackney, Lauren Tobias, said that the evening was part of a broader project that her team was leading, which aims to support local residentsto share their skills with their neighbours to lead healthier lives.
“We know that local residents have a huge amount of skills they can offer in the local community and that a lot of these can really help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
“In particular we want to reduce smoking and obesity, and decrease the amount of social isolation felt in the community. All of these will help improve mental wellbeing as well, so there are huge benefits.
“There will also be plenty of opportunities for residents to meet other people from their community, so we’re encouraging as many people as possible to come along.”
The event will take place at the New Kingshold Community Centre in Ainsworth Road this Friday 20 February 2015 and will run from 6-8pm. For more information contact Andrea on 07956 546 110.